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  1. I'll join everyone on this. It's so upsetting, my skin has been mostly clear for a while but just a few days ago I started getting a few small bumps on my cheeks. Now a few days later after picking and squeezing my face is back to square one and even more breakouts are forming. All my progress down the drain. Picking is bad news all around, I just gotta keep reminding myself of that every time I pass by that stupid magnifying mirror :doh:

    It's 11:57pm here so I'll start at the stroke of midnight, and try to avoid the magnifying mirror til then :confused:

  2. I think you may be talking about floaters. I haven't taken accutane myself, but I do have floaters also. My doctor told me they're harmless but that there's nothing we can really do about them. I looked it up and accutane can most certainly cause them, as can any high dosage of vitamin A. The site I was on seemed to suggest that it's possible for the floaters to go away, but since vitamin A is stored in the liver for quite a long time, it might take years for excessive vitamin A in the liver to leave the body. There's more information here, I suggest you read it and do some research on it (I just googled "floaters accutane").

  3. This post really hit home for me. I've been dealing with social anxiety for just about half of my life, although it was brought on by more than just bad skin, the acne certainly made it a lot harder to deal with. Its a slippery slope from just being self-conscious to full-fledged severe social anxiety, and I'm glad you decided to come back to raise awareness about it. It's easy enough to put your life on hold and just tell yourself you'll go out tomorrow, or you'll go out when your skin is clear, but when the world becomes an unfamiliar place and you can't even remember how to interact with people anymore, you realize that it's more than just your skin that's the problem. I've been clear for a few months now, and most of my skin discoloration has evened out as well, but I gotta say, it doesn't make it any easier to go outside without make-up, or to talk to people, or to make eye contact, or to even sit on a bus without holding my breath. Acne itself is not a crippling disease, but the effects that it has on our psyche is something else entirely.

  4. Vitamin E worked really really well for me in healing my scars. Usually I'm an INCREDIBLY slow healer *looks down at scab that has been on arm for two months* but the vitamin E definitely sped up the process on my face. The vitamin E oil I use has lemon essential oil added to it as well, which I think is working with the E on fading marks and evening out skin tone in general. I'd highly recommend adding a bit of lemon oil to your routine and seeing if it helps even more :) Good luck!

    What type of scars do you have?

    Mostly I had a lot of discoloration that would remain after even a really small pimple. Like I said I heal really slowly, so maybe my scars were more like a "perpetual state of trying and failing to heal." Not to mention I used to pick a LOT. They were mostly brown or reddish, slightly raised, SOMETIMES they're fade to white and shiny, but mostly they'd just stick it out at brown or dark pink. Sorry I can't give you a better description, I just don't know what to call it :shifty:

  5. Vitamin E worked really really well for me in healing my scars. Usually I'm an INCREDIBLY slow healer *looks down at scab that has been on arm for two months* but the vitamin E definitely sped up the process on my face. The vitamin E oil I use has lemon essential oil added to it as well, which I think is working with the E on fading marks and evening out skin tone in general. I'd highly recommend adding a bit of lemon oil to your routine and seeing if it helps even more :) Good luck!

  6. okay so now that i'm referred to as a "troll" you probably won't believe me but my heart goes out to you. i'm in so much pain right now i'm trying so hard not to end my life (for my mother, not for me, i dont care about me anymore) so my heart goes out TO EVERYONE that has acne, or any physical disability or skin disease. it's so crippling! its so horrible. i see people with ticks and i shake my fist at God because i dont understand how he can let this happen. but i believe in God. that's another reason i'm still here. i think that it has to get better at some point. theres some reason for this. it can't be for no reason. theres nothing here for no reason. i feel absolutely physcotic. the shit that you guys think is funny i think is retarded. and the things that offend you i find absolutely hilarious. i can't help it. i'm disconnected i feel crazy. and maybe i am. i am isolated. i have not seen my friends in months i can't see anyone i live with my family and i forget what they look like. this is the worse thing i have experienced in my life. God help me with this powerlessness i can't control this it's driving me crazy and bless the young ones that dont know what they are about to get hit with. help us all

    I was in a situation similar to this a few years back, due to acne, among other things... I never ever left the house, my friends, those who stuck around anyway, all but thought me dead for not seeing or hearing from me for months and months. I was self-hating, self-mutilating, half way to psychosis and ready to be carted off to the hospital (except I was carted off, and trust me, please don't go. Those are not the kind of places where you go to "get better"). But it does get better, eventually. I can't honestly tell you how long, but at that moment when you're looking back at who you were and how far you've come, I CAN honestly tell you that it's the best feeling in the world. I think these things do happen for a reason, God only knows WHAT that reason is, let alone why, but having the kind of perspective that you get from going through such a life shattering experience, I guess the best way I can put it is that when you put those pieces back together, you can shape it in the way you want it. (Sorry for lame imagery :redface: ) Keep your head up. You're certainly not alone.

  7. I love Almond Milk, but I hate the store-bought versions because they throw so much other crap in there. So I make my own.

    1 cup almonds

    6 cups water


    sweetener of choice (I don't use any)

    Natural vanilla extract, cocoa powder etc... you can get creative here.

    1. Soak the almonds in some water for at ~8hrs

    2. Drain and rinse

    3. Put in blender with 6 cups water

    4. Blend, strain, and refrigerate

    You can add the leftover pulp to oatmeal, or you can figure out a way to bake with it.

    This is a great recipe! I'm gonna try me out some homemade almond milk :D

  8. There's something called "chasteberry" (named so because in the past it was used to lower the libido of monks to help them keep their vows of chastity, although there's not really any evidence supporting that it did any such thing :rolleyes: ). Supposedly it's really good at helping regulate women's hormones, which would be helpful to you considering breakouts on the chin and jawline area are indicative of hormonal issues. As an added bonus, it's also used for fertility in women! :cool: Here's a website I found with some information on it. I'm not sure yet if you can still take it when you actually get pregnant, but when I find out, I'll let you know :think:


    Edit: It looks like you're not supposed to take it once you get pregnant, as you're supposed to stop as soon as you get a positive on a pregnancy test. Hmmm.. Well I guess it could help for a little while? :shrug:

  9. I LOVE almond milk. Much better than soy methinks. I've totally cut out dairy milk from my diet (lactose intolerance) and have tried substituting it with soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk, and by far almond milk is the best. Get the vanilla kind, it's delicious!

  10. My face also gets oily while wearing make-up, and I also only wear mineral powder (and some liquid mineral foundation), and I use primer. It used to do a good job at keeping my face pretty dry throughout the day, but not so much lately :think: What I usually do is apply a thin layer of silk powder to my skin after I put on make-up, which helps absorb moisture and also helps set your make-up.

  11. I used to get that when I was younger, big painful cysts all over my thighs... I don't know what caused it, I just remember it was EXTREMELY painful. I suffered from this for maybe 4 years on and off, and then suddenly I just grew out of it.

    If it's just pimples, I'd just use whatever treatment you use for your face on them, or you could try using something meant for ingrown hairs. If it's cysts, I'd recommend seeing a derm about it. Maybe they could shed more light on it.

  12. I'm looking forward to seeing how your treatment goes with acupuncture, Anaelisa! I'm taking Yaz, I've been on it for a year and a half, and while I'm not planning on getting off of it anytime soon, I'm still fretting over what it will do for my skin when I do. Yaz has basically cleared me up entirely, and I'm dreading the day I decide to stop taking it. I'm very interested in acupuncture for treating hormonal imbalances, so keep up updated if you end up using it! Good luck!

  13. Yes, definitely use a good moisturizer. Retin-a micro can make your skin very dry and flaky, and keeping it moisturized is very important. Stick with if for more than a week, it sounds like you're going through the initial breakout, which can happen when using any new treatment, since it is purging out all the bad stuff in your skin.

  14. How long have you been on this treatment? There is an initial breakout purging when you use retin-a micro, do you think this could be what you're experiencing? I'd say stick with it for a while longer and see if it doesn't clear it up. Retin-a micro has been working wonders for me, but I did get an initial breakout as well.

  15. during the school day i dont really pick at my skin

    because i feel embarresed when ppl see me pick and destroy my scabs

    but when i do homework or when im bored watching tv i pick like theres no tomoroow

    I feel ya there. When my boyfriend was living with me for two months my face cleared up quite a lot, since I never EVER pick around him (even though he does around me, I always get after him and tell him it will make it worse :lol: :rolleyes: ). Since he's left though I'll pass by a mirror, see something I don't like, and try to banish it from my face :doh:

    Maybe you could try doing your homework in a public place like a library or park? Here's something I do when I find myself getting destructively bored: keep a pair of tweezers around and when you get bored, start tweezing any place where you'd rather not have hair. lol, sounds weird, but I find it helps to ease some of that self-destructive boredom, plus, you'll be hair free in no time! :lol: Just never, EVER turn those tweezers to your face to help with picking!

  16. I don't think anyone's acne is that bad. I don't think anyone has ever died of acne, and while it may make your life a living hell, at least that life is still yours to live. Even if you're in the mindset of "my acne is so bad I'd rather die," at least that decision is in your hands. Sure acne is a struggle, an annoyance, a hindrance on your social life, but what do you think cancer is? A picnic in the park? :|

  17. It could be the over abundance of processed foods in our society today. I mean really, a McDonald's, a Burger King, and a Taco Bell, all within view while sitting in the drive through of Wendy's? Is that really necessary? :doh: